A LITHGOW COTTAGE DESIGNED FOR RELAXING
Thornton & Blake had the honour of supporting the interior design, paint colour specification, custom made curtains and textiles for this beautiful brick workers cottage in Lithgow. Featuring two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, dining and connecting hallway, the custodian of this property purchased a ‘renovators delight’ that saw the need for a complete renovation.
Anne Hogarth, Director, Design & Decoration was on hand each step of the way, providing her experience, design ideas and extensive source of suppliers to ensure our client’s dreams were realised in creating a cosy and relaxing home, whilst ensuring thoughtful use of the intimate cottage spaces. With a project of this nature, Anne remained mindful of budget, offering clever solutions that were cost effective, without forgoing a quality result.
In the lounge room, the client felt the bay window was the perfect space to enjoy a book, so T&B tailored a window seat cushion from Catherine Martin’s ‘La Palma’, offering a soft feminine print and warm splashes of colour. Pretty floating sheer curtains were added with a blockout backing. By custom designing the drapes in this way, the need for an additional custom blockout blind was negated, saving the client’s budget, whilst simultaneously ensuring the beautiful softness a sheer drape has to offer.
In the bedrooms the same idea of using sheer drapes with blockout backing continued, consciously choosing to hang the fixings high above the window, maximising the tall ceilings of the cottage whilst allowing the beautiful, original stained glass windows and carefully crafted timber window frames to shine.
In the bathroom, Anne supported our client with a consultation on the overall floor plan and finishing scheme as well as the tile specification. With the focal point of the bathroom the stained glass window that the client had custom-made, a simple white ripple subway tile ensured the window took centre stage.
Throughout the home, Thornton & Blake offered a colour specification of soft, warm greys bridged together with fresh white trim. This soft and gentle palette supported the client’s brief of a relaxing home, whilst allowing the their art collection and a black feature light that T&B sourced to hang over the dining table to provide a striking contrast for interest and texture.
At the rear of the home, black framed exterior doors leading into the courtyard provide a perfect balance to the contrasting feature light and black cockatoo artwork on the wall.
The kitchen required careful consideration due to the size of the space. Anne offered support with the floor plan, wallpaper, tiles and Hepburn hardware for the cabinetry. Once again Catherine Martin’s ‘La Palma’ Design made a return, this time in a darker tone for the feature wall in the kitchen, adding dramatic and bold movement within the space. Embossed in a linen texture, the wallpaper is reminiscent of 1950s bark cloth prints, paying homage to the years that the old cottage style home has witnessed.
Interior Design: Anne Hogarth, Thornton & Blake